Levittown, NY asked in Intellectual Property and Trademark

Q: Can I get stuck in trademark infringement issues from a different industry?

I have a comic book series that I'm currently writing. I have a title in mind and did a search on existing trademarks. I found one conflict exists for a brand of beer with the same name under classification 32. Considering they're in completely different industries, what are the issues, if any, that I may run into regarding infringement?

1 Lawyer Answer

Will Blackton

Answered

A: If you use another company's name, brand, logo, mascot, etc. in a way that could cause consumer confusion (lead customers to think your product is affiliated with the company or officially licensed by the company with the same name) then you can be sued for trademark infringement. So, the key question here is, would it appear to your typical consumer that your comic book is affiliated with the beer company of the same name?

Contact an attorney who focuses on trademark law to get an accurate answer for your specific situation.

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